Day 1 : Arrival Medan – Bukit Lawang
Today you arrive in Medan, the main city in northern Sumatra. Afterwards, departure to Bukit Lawang, the orang utan rehabilitation centre located in Gunung Leuser National Park. This is one of the largest national park in the world containing over 800,000 ha of virgin rainforest. You will pass by landscape with vast view of oilpalm plantation. Upon arrival, check-in hotel and relax. Overnight in Bukit Lawang.
Day 2 : Bukit Lawang – Berastagi (with Breakfast)
First, jungle walk about 2-3 hours in the park to explore Sumatra rainforest. You’ll probably see wild orang utans, macaques, hornbills and many kind of tropical plants. You’ll walk via small often muddy and hilly paths (seldom flat walking). Good physical fitness is required. The walk ends at the feeding platform where the orang utans are fed and trained to live in the wild. You’ll see the orang utans coming out of the forest to the platform by swinging from branch to branch. In the fruit season the orang utans may not come out as they may get enough foods from the forest but it happens rarely. After the feedings, short relax and direct transfer to the mountain resort, Berastagi.
Those bringing camera photo/video at the orangutan’s site will be charged IDR 50,000 or approx. USD 6 for camera and IDR 150,000 for video or approx. USD 18. (current)
Trekking check-list (need to bring); Shoes with good profile, Rain coat, Insects repellant & Dry bag for wallet, camera etc.
Overnight in Berastagi.
Day 3 : Berastagi – Lake Toba / Samosir Island (with Breakfast)
Scenic drive to lake Toba, one of the deepest and largest crater lake in the world with stop at Dokan, a Batak Karo village with a number of traditional houses still being inhabited where eight families live together in harmony in each house. Proceed to Sipiso piso waterfall and the long house of king Batak Simalungun. Arrive in Parapat, a resort town on shore of lake Toba, across the lake by public boat to Samosir island where you will stay overnights. The boat will probably stops several time to drop other passengers. You will be dropped right in front of your hotel. Overnight in Samosir.
Day 4 : Samosir Tour (B)
Explore the natural beauty and cultural aspects of Batak Toba by visiting Ambarita village where the remnant megalithic culture of Batak Toba lies in front of traditional houses. Continue to Simanindo to see folkdance performed by the villagers. Here you also can visit a museum built in typical Batak style. On returning to your hotel, stop at Tomok village to see a very old but nicely decorated sarchopagus. Overnight in Samosir.
Day 5 : Samosir Island – Medan (with Breakfast)
Across back to Parapat by public boat and return to Medan on about 5 hours drive. You’ll pass by town of Pematang Siantar and Tebingtinggi with its vast view of oilpalm plantation, cacao and rubber. Arrive in Medan, city tour visiting Maimun palace built by the sultan of Deli in 1888, grand mosque AlMashum built in 1906 in Moroccan style and colorful Buddhist temple vihara Gunung Timur. Then transfer to your hotel and relax.
Overnight in Medan.
Day 6 : Transfer to airport (with Breakfast)
Free to relax until time to leave for airport. End of services